Wednesday“The Beautiful Life: TBL’’ (The CW)
Trashy modeling melodrama
Stars: Mischa Barton, Elle Macpherson
The concept: The title is ironic, of course. Teen modeling is ugly and cutthroat. When a pair of young beauties make a splash on the runway, their frenemies in the agency’s model residence pounce.
Our take: Juicy trash alert. This could be “Gossip Girl’’ in a modeling business that eats its young and spits them out. I love it that Barton - the “O.C.’’ star whose breakdown has provided much tabloid promotion - is the has-been It girl. Over the hill at 23! I hope the writers keep the camp amped.
Alternate name: “America’s Next Top Train Wreck’’
Grade: B (Sept. 16)From left: Elle Macpherson as Claudia and Mischa Barton as Sonja.